OUR mission statement

MADE ON THE LEFT was founded in 2008 by independent designers to support Western Australian creative talent. We hold bi-annual handmade craft markets to showcase local designers.

Being on the left hand side of Australia no longer

means you'll be at a disadvantage.

Our aim is to support all creative designers and events showcasing independent labels. MOTL is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation. You may wonder why we promote other markets besides MOTL; it’s because it’s not about us, its about you; the buyers and sellers of indie wares. Here at the blog, you’ll discover up to date information about our latest market, the low-down on some of Perth’s emerging talents, other opportunities for artists and designers and a little bit of fun stuff too. It’s all right here… welcome!

Monday, January 31

Artist Opportunity : Studio Space

One of their coveted large studio spaces has suddenly become available.
It space is their 2nd largest space and rents for $85 a week including all utilities.
The space has amazing natural light and a lockable door. It is 3.6m x 7.7m.

Melody (Gallery Director) can be contacted on 0410 537 200.

Gallery Director

Tel 08 9472 8043

Saturday, January 29


We here at MOTL have had the unfortunate occurance of having our first outdoor pop-up market the day of the first cyclone in Perth for 30+ years. Hence we've postponed to a later date yet to be determined.

We'll let you know as soon as we know.


Monday, January 24

Beverley Platform Market - call for stallholders

The Beverley Platform Market is set in the beautiful gardens and on the station platform of the Beverley station gallery, Vincent street Beverley on Easter Saturday, 23rd April 2011 from 9.00am to 3.00pm

Other events in town this weekend will include the airing of the quilts, tennis tournament, Beverley Art gallery society 43rd annual art purchase exhibition

For expressions of interest please phone Marlene - 646 77 263

Sunday, January 23

Australia Day on Etsy!

Australia Day Promotion

Gum Leaves Pin Cushion by spincushions

The Australian teams on etsy have joined together for an exciting cross-team Australia Day event! Teams from all around Australia are participating- the Down Under Street Team (DUST), the Sydney Etsy Team, the MadeOnTheLeft team from Perth, and the BrisStyle team from Brisbane.

Find some amazing handmade or vintage goodies, or pick up some craft supplies to make something special! Participating shops are offering a discount of between 15%-25% across their entire store between January 26th-31st (Aus time).

How to get the special Australia Day discount:

Enter the discount code ausday in the coupon code space during checkout between 26th-31st

Use the code for:
15% off these items
20% off these items
25% off these items

*Note- more items will be added from the 26th, so check back then to make sure you don't miss out!

Support for the flood disaster

From My Heart Card donated by glasfaden

As part of the Australia Day event, we'd also like to help spread the word about the efforts on etsy to raise funds for those affected by the terrible flood disaster in Queensland.

The BrisStyle team is running a Handmade Ark Flood Appeal, with some or all proceeds from items sold to be donated to the Premier's Disaster Relief Fund. Browse items from the Ark Appeal here or find out more on the BrisStyle Blog.

The DUST team has set up a dedicated shop with all proceeds (minus etsy and PayPal fees) to be donated to the premier's flood appeal. Visit the shop here.

(please note- the flood fundraising appeals are separate from the Australia Day discount offer)

Friday, January 21

Designer Speed Dating

Are you a recent graduate wanting to step into the design industry in Perth? Make the most of this rare opportunity to meet Perth's design professionals, all in the one room at the one time, and get the inside story on finding the right job for you in this town.

This two-part event at the Fremantle Arts Centre features a presentation by four designers at different stages of their career, sharing their experiences and giving valuable advice.

The second 'designer speed dating' part allows you to introduce yourself to four or so designers in ten minute, one-on-one chats. A great opportunity to show your folio and get feedback, ask all those questions you have and gain a little insight into the industry.


  • Dan Elliot and Henry Luong from Organ Studio, 2008 Curtin Uni graduates at the beginning of their careers.
  • Michelle Leslie from Studio Bomba and Mitchell & Dent, a web designer of 8 years experience who has shaped her career with additional study to gain experience in illustration, packaging and print design.
  • John Emery from REB Design, owner director of one of Perth's most prominent studios, designer and employer of designers.

When: 30th January 2011
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm 
Where: Fremantle Arts Centre
Bookings are essential. E-mail wa@agda.com.au to register and pay at the door.
When registering, please provide information about your area/s of study or interest (eg advertising, brand design, illustration, packaging, print, publications/books, web, etc).

$15 AGDA members / $25 non members

For more information, see http://events.agda.com.au/calendar/555/designer-speed-dating

There has been an overwhelming response to the Designer Speed Dating event and most of the speed dating places are now reserved, so we've made it possible to attend just the presentation part of the day (1pm-2pm). AGDA members: $5. Non members: $15. E-mail wa@agda.com.au to book.

Thursday, January 13

Call for Designers and Artisans

Eco Faeries is a company that bridges diverse community through celebration to promote positive sustainable lifestyles. Below are two events coming up that you may be interested in.

Saturday 26th February is an adults faeries party with a sustainable clothing fashion parade. Organisers are inviting local designers who use sustainable materials, upcycle or recycle clothing to participate. There is no fee to designers who want to participate in this event as organisers want to promote local sustainable clothing, however you will need to organise your own models, choreos, makeup etc. This is an 'outside the box' fashion parade that will be paraded among performance artists, DJ's, live VJ's, special effects and theatre. Some designers have used dancers as models, as well as body painting designs to go with the theme of the event.

Sunday 27th March is the Eco Faerie festival including local artisans, fair trade and local growers market.

Both events are held at Cityfarm in east Perth. For more information on eco faeries head to www.ecofaeries.com or call or email Faerie Cara on 0415 174 115 and faeriecara@hotmail.com.

Favourite Things

Now that you have destashed at the MOTL market last Sunday, heads up for a wonderful Fremantle event: "These are a few of my favourite things" where local businesses and designers including Love in Tokyo, Ashe Kartique, Shedwallah and others will be selling old stock and interesting bits and pieces....There will be something for everyone! The event begins Friday 14th of January from 6-9pm and continues on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 5pm. Situated in the old "Japon" store in North Fremantle...See the flyer attatched here for more details...

Tuesday, January 11

Donate to The Floods

Wonderful Etsy charity store for raising money for Flood Releif.


Contact them with your donation.

Monday, January 10

Reins exhibition at Freerange Gallery

[ will stoker & matt doust ]

Thu Jan 13 2011 - Wed Jan 19 2011
opening » thu, 13th jan, 7pm, performance starts at 8pm
gallery times » 11am-5pm fri-wedReins is a multi-media collaboration between artist Matt Doust and musician Will Stoker, a personal dialogue to be presented within the walls of Free Range gallery.
Through the submergence of painting, music, video projection and performance, Doust and Stoker aim to thematically explore/ highlight the concept of control as practiced/applied to dichotomous impulses within the human mind.
Doust and Stoker view a metaphoric holding of the reins as integral to human existence and employ various mediums to express the experience of this conceptual constraint; delving into the idea that mental and physical activity is in a continual flux of self-censorship that inevitably culminates in an anaesthetised state of awareness.
“…During the conscious state we glance at our signifiers which remind us to behave: but when we lay our head down to slumber, the subconscious mind is at the helm, taking us on a voyage in the dream state, from white clouds to lakes of fire.”

Saturday, January 1

Market Opportunity - Old Perth Road Markets

The Old Perth Road Markets are held on the last Sunday of each month (except December when it is a week earlier!) from 9am to 2:30pm in Old Perth Road Bassendean. Here's a link to the website http://www.oldperthroadmarkets.com.au/
The theme of the markets is locally made and/or grown.

Best Wishes

MOTL new year